A Celadon-glazed GUAN Incense Burner in the Style of Archaic Bronze Ritual Vessel (Gui)

Southern Song Dynasty

  • Medium:Porcelain
  • Year:Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)
  • Size:Height 7.70 cm, Rim Diameter 9.90 cm, Ear Distance 13.50 cm, Foot Diameter 6.80 cm


With a flared opening, plump rim and a slightly tightened neck, the Guishaped incense burner is decorated with a ring of ridge below the neck; its bulging belly is supported on a short foot ring and flanked by two lug handles of round section elongated vertically with profile angles. It is applied with light celadon glaze leaving the bottom exposed, and covered with big grey crackles and densely arrayed smaller transparent flakes.

This incense burner cast profound influence over the production of bronze incense burner in the Ming and Qing Dynasties; according to The Catalogue of Bronze Wares in Xuande Period, it mentions several times that many bronze wares are produced imitating Guan- or Ge- porcelain incense burners, hence the halbert-shaped handles and fish-shaped handles.

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